Monday, August 3, 2015

Lately I've Been Counting Stars

I used my Star Stencil for my projects over at a2z Scrapbooking yesterday and all I can think of is the One Republic song, Counting Stars, even though I didn't actually count any of my stars.



Here's the video if you're singing the song now too and here's one of my projects I have up at the blog. You might want to check out today's post too, from Cornelia, cuz it's gold and fabulous!



Last thing for today—it's the Book Cover of the Week!




Haven't read it, but now I want to since it's so lovely!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Means A New Challenge

Happy August, my crafty friends, there's a new challenge up at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and it shares some inspiration from the Design Team. Here's a peek at my project, but I hope you'll hop by and look at all the great things everyone has made. 



The theme is to use embossing or texture paste and I used my silver embossing paste with a stencil. Then I added color with dots from the ink daubers from Hero Arts. The yellow sparkly vellum is made with yellow ink and glitter embossing powder. Love it!

You have ALL month to enter the challenge to try to win the $25 gift certificate to the store, so I hope you'll pull out your Hero Arts and embossing paste and get to work! Here are some of the fab stencils for sale right now.



Hope your August is filled with all good things!
Chark






Friday, July 31, 2015

Sharing With My Friends

Hi, friends, wanted to share this fabulous book by Laura Carson. I saw it on the Alpha Stamps website, where she's on the design team and uses lots of their products to create. This post stopped me in my tracks.

You can go to her blog, Artfully Musing, to get detailed instructions on how to make it, but omgoodness, isn't this just so yummy?



The beautiful texture on this dragon book is made from eggshells! Laura is so clever and creative and talented. You must stop by her blog to see her creations! 

In the same post, you can view this Alchemist Workshop Book that is literally art. I watched the fab video and she cut and folded all these pages and then made some of her own mini items (like the lamp with the birthday candle) to add in to those items she bought. I'm telling you, I am in awe.



You can also see the collage sheets Laura used (and created for sale at Alpha Stamps) and she gives us two free art images she created...including the dragon eye and the old alchemist's text paper. She made that tiny hour glass with the skeletons on it too! Click the pic to see it better. sigh. So beautiful!



Last thing—Jenn Shurkus is having a giveaway to celebrate her blogiversary here, you should check it out if you like free stuff and creative women!

Happy Weekend,
Chark

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Caffeine Is My Helpful Friend

I'm more of a green tea drinker when I need my caffeine fix in the morning, but I love these coffee sayings so I doodled them while watching the tv the other day. I enjoy getting lettering ideas from books but these two are all me...after reading and copying lettering from the books, of course. They gave me lots of inspiration and practical advice.




I think I'll have to go back in and emphasize the word IS on the first one, because it's a little lost in the busy-ness.

I'll have to find some tea sayings next and pick up my pens and get to work.

If you like your coffee and tea, you can head over to a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and pick up the Hero Arts  digital kit called Caffeine Fix...a2z is the exclusive seller of Hero Arts Digis. I love digis because you can print them any size for cards or layouts or other projects.

This set is just $6.99 and if you want to fill your cart with other fun stuff, you can use my coupon code, CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more!




Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm off to get a cuppa!
Chark

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Coloring Cutie Crayons

First, woo hoo! Got my new computer up and running and although it's a pain to set everything up, at least I'm back here. So, let's get right to the post!

I recently got these new Lawn Fawn crayon stamps and the coordinating die so I started stamping and coloring and cutting. Here's my first card. I used a Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pack for my layers and matching crayons to color the front. Might not be the best idea design-wise, but it's kinda fun for a crayon card.



Happy Weekend, Friends, glad to be back in the 21st century! :)
Chark

Monday, July 20, 2015

I Am Here, I Am Here

Just like the Whos down in Whoville, I'm still here, you just can't see me. My desktop decided to have a fit and the "computer experts" are taking their sweet time getting to it to repair it. I hear "it's next up on the bench" a lot. sigh. At any rate, don't think I've run off to Vegas or something, I'm just borrowing my daughter's laptop to do this and it's painful for me to use. I miss my desktop!! Ah well, first world problems, am I right?

So, until I can get all my devices up and running together--hopefully by Friday--I'll leave you with the link to the a2z Scrapbooking Blog, which has new projects every day. Not mine, right now of course, but all my talented design team buddies are working every day

Happy Monday!
Chark